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Auction FAQ

Chabot Auction Frequently Asked Questions

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Why is the Chabot Auction so important to the PTA?

The Auction is an important part of the Chabot PTA’s budget to fund many of the educational programs and direct student supports at Chabot. Enrichment programs such as library, art, music, along with key educational supports like in-class small group reading and math specialists, psychologists, and equity and inclusion programs and resources are prioritized to ensure that all students are supported with the best possible learning environment. Read more about the Chabot PTA, the programs we support, and the reasons we fundraise.

The Online Auction and Live Auction Party are also an incredible way to build our Bobcat community. A strong village of parent volunteers work together to make it all happen. The local community, families, extended families, as well as teachers and staff donate goods, services, art, and experiences. And EVERYONE can be part of the FUN – by dancing and socializing at the Gala or bidding on items in the online auction or staffing/volunteering during the day of the event.

What are the key dates/location for the Auction?

  • Jan. 19 – Feb. 2: Live Auction Party tickets on sale.
  • Feb. 9: Deadline for Auction items to be submitted.
  • Feb. 21-28: The 2024 Chabot Online Auction runs.
  • March 2, 5-10pm: 2024 Chabot Live Auction & Party at the Oakland Bridge Yard.

What is the Online Auction?

The Online Auction runs February 21-28, and features donations from parents, our community, teachers, staff, and even students! There will be gift certificates to local restaurants and retailers, classes and summer camp offerings, sports and theater tickets, professional services, arts/crafts, homemade treats, and more! We also feature special event parties you can purchase tickets to attend. Everyone can participate and bid (including family, friends, and neighbors).

What is the Live Auction & Party?

Join us Saturday, March 2, 5-10pm! We will have an adults-only PARTY with dinner, drinks, dancing, and fun, at the Oakland Bridge Yard. We promise it will be another epic party – so get ready to mingle with new friends and old, bust a move on the dance floor, and bring the flower power as we raise money for Chabot. 

Enchanted Garden Cocktail Hour is followed by a seated dinner and the Live Auction. Attendees bid on special items like awesome vacation stays and exclusive tickets. During the Live Auction, attendees also have a chance to “Raise their paddle” to simply donate money. Round out the night with an amazing dance party.

Don’t let limited funds stop you from joining the fun – tickets are available at several price breaks for EVERYONE to participate! Have a little extra to share? Fund a Chabot Staff ticket!

How can I help?

  • Volunteer! Contact us to sign up.
  • Attend the Live Auction & Party, March 2. Enjoy a night out and bid on Live Auction items.
  • Donate items, experiences, your skills or your connections to the auction (100% tax deductible).
  • Host a party.
  • Buy items during the Online Auction, February 21-28. Tell your family and friends to buy items, too!

What can be donated?

Donations big and small make the Chabot Auction special every year. Reach out to donate an item for the auction. Examples include:

  • Use of a vacation home
  • Warriors tickets, baseball tickets, concert tickets
  • Gift certificates to local restaurants or retailers
  • Music/cooking/or other classes taught by you or a friend 
  • Workplace tours
  • Video game tutorials
  • Wine and wine tastings
  • Art (original or prints) and unique craft items
  • “Host a party”

What exactly does it mean to “host a party”?

Parent-hosted parties are a big part of the Chabot Auction. As mini fundraising events and community builders, parties raise a significant portion of auction revenue. Parties for parents can include themed dinner parties, wine tastings, sports outings, or fitness and art classes. Kids’ parties offer kids an opportunity to learn a new craft or skill, take a guided hike, or enjoy an afternoon tea party hosted by someone else’s parents. Parties bring together Chabot community members of all ages who share common interests or just want to relax and have some fun. Many parties are hosted by multiple families, who split the cost and share the planning duties. All party costs are paid by the hosts of the party so that all proceeds go to Chabot. Interested in hosting a party? Email for more information, to kick around ideas, or to sign up!